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Santa Monica’s LGBTQ+ Scene

Not only is Santa Monica home to some of the country’s most beloved beaches, it’s also one of Los Angeles’ most inclusive and fun-loving communities. From locals who have called Santa Monica home their entire lives to new transplants, it’s a vibrant and growing city made up of people from all walks of life. Santa Monica is the perfect place to stay for any traveler.

Check out Santa Monica’s LGBTQ+ hot spots!

LGBTQ+ Friendly Santa Monica Hotels

West Hollywood usually comes to mind as the go-to destination for LGBTQ+ culture near Los Angeles…but Santa Monica’s relaxed beach atmosphere and friendly local residents could be the perfect getaway.

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Will Rogers State Beach

Will Rogers State Beach, Los Angeles’ unofficial LGBTQ+ beach, is a great place to mingle. This popular surf spot offers amenities like volleyball courts, restrooms and gymnastics equipment. The Marvin Braude Bike Trail, also known as the South Bay Bicycle Trail or the Strand, runs through here.

This beach is part of Will Rogers State Historic Park, home to popular hiking trails: the two-mile loop to Inspiration Point and the Backbone Trail, which heads right into the Santa Monica Mountains.

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Luxe Stays for Every Traveler

You can’t go wrong with the JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot beachfront hotel–especially considering their LGBTQ+ -friendly spirit and equality-first philosophy. Just check out their #LoveTravels campaign! The full service on-site spa and Le Troquet Patio Lounge are just two of the perks that come with staying here.

IGLTA-Approved Hotels

The Viceroy Santa Monica with its trendy vibe is a local LGBTQ+ favorite because of its affiliation with the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association.

From the expansive outdoor patio and pools to the posh cabanas, the Viceroy offers everything you need in one place. And when you’re ready to get out and explore the best of Santa Monica, a fleet of guests-only bicycles are ready to be taken for a spin.

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Quaint rooms

For a more boutique experience, escape to the Palihouse Santa Monica. Situated in a quieter part of the city, this 33-room hotel is known for its attentive staff and chic amenities. Guests rave about the lobby’s eclectic interior design and relaxing environment, making Palihouse a great place to start and end any day in Santa Monica.

Chic stays

Huntley Santa Monica Beach boasts stylish interiors, unique amenities and personal services. It’s close to the beach–and the famous Santa Monica Pier. Visit the restaurant/bar, The Penthouse, on the 18th floor for incredible views. Panoramic windows offer gorgeous ocean vistas, the Santa Monica skyline, Malibu mountains and even the Hollywood sign.

Beachy digs

Located within the Gateway Hotel Santa Monica, Socalo is a beachy, all-day California canteen and Mexican pub from award-winning chef/owners Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger. 123 bright, contemporary rooms offer pillow top beds, 42-inch flat panel TVs with cable, complimentary coffee, tea and more.

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